Grateful Dead’s lead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia passed away 25 years ago on August 9, 1995, leaving a grief in the hearts of fans. He was 53 years old.
A quarter of a century later, both musicians and fans following the band across the globe continue to gather to celebrate his music, CBS News correspondent Allison Keyes reported.
But on the day Garcia died, fans didn’t know all the ways they’ll have to fix the Grateful Dead today – from archival recordings to podcasts.
David Lemieux, the band’s archival and heritage manager, told CBS News Radio: “There are certainly signs that live community will still exist there ̵1; the Grateful Dead community will exist there. . “But to the present level, where there are a lot of bands playing Grateful Dead, whether it was the original members or not, [they] just a great way to consume Death. “
Listen to CBS News report on the 25th anniversary of the death of Jerry Garcia:
The surviving group members continue to perform the band’s song book, and several newcomers are offering their own interpretations.
The band’s music is also widely available to stream across multiple platforms, including the Internet Archive and Spotify.
SiriusXM satellite radio has a channel dedicated to the Dead.
The band releases a number of archived and revised recordings each year, such as the 50th anniversary edition of their recent studio album, “Workingman’s Dead”.
And the Dead have entered the podcast world now. Lemieux says that 25 years after the Grateful Dead is no longer the Grateful Dead, their podcast – The Good Ol ‘Grateful Deadcast – is the number one music podcast in the country.
Lemieux says there’s nothing to blame about Grateful Dead’s music: “They hang out every night, play honestly and that means some nights aren’t as good as others. And it means some nights.” Where the magic actually happens, you get to see one of the best live gigs you’ve ever seen. And that happened pretty much with the Grateful Dead. “
The Grateful Dead performs “Sugar Magnolia,” “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire on the Mountain” at Winterland Arena in San Francisco, December 31, 78:
In addition to his 30-year career with Grateful Dead, Garcia has been involved in a number of projects from jazz to bluegrass to folk to rock. Captain Trips (as he is known) played with artists like Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Etta James.
But in front of the Dead, Garcia had a lasting reputation. And as he told Rolling Stone magazine in 1989, “Exactly success was never on our agenda. It was a happy surprise.”